LibriVox recording of The Whole Family, by William Dean Howells, Mary E. Wilkins Freeman, Mary Heaton Vorse, Mary Stewert Cutting, Elizabeth Jordan, John Kendrick Bangs, Henry James, Elizabeth Stuart Phelps, Edith Wyatt, Mary Raymond Shipman Andrews, Alice Brown and Henry van Dyke
A 1908 NaNoWriMo forerunner, told in twelve chapters, each with a different author. The basic plot was to show how an engagement or marriage would affect and be affected by an entire family. The project became somewhat curious for the way the authors' contentious interrelationships mirrored the sometimes dysfunctional family they described in their chapters. The collaboration may have been an uncomfortable one, but a final product did emerge with some clever and entertaining contributions from its often squabbling authors. Mark Twain declined the invitation and Mary Freeman changed the original plot line. (Summary adapted from Wikipedia and others by Annise)
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